Today, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) filed a letter with the FCC, urging the Commission to support the activation of FM chips, a move that will enhance the ability of broadcasters to distribute lifesaving emergency alert notifications in the event of natural and man-made emergencies. The full text of the letter is below.

SmartPhoneAntennaDear Chairman Wheeler:

Consistent with our advocacy to ensure that all Americans have access to emergency broadcasts regardless of the breadth of a national emergency, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) urges the FCC to support the activation of FM chips.

Most smartphones already have FM chips built into the device.  However, some wireless operators have chosen not to activate them and extend free, over-the-air radio to wireless audiences.

MMTC is supportive of this effort because it enhances the ability of broadcasters to distribute lifesaving, emergency alert notifications before, during and after natural and man-made emergencies.

Hurricane Katrina was a national demonstration of what not to do in an emergency.  When cellular service was interrupted, families were disconnected from other family members. Residents lost touch with neighbors and essentially found themselves without critical information to direct them to shelter, food and government services. The FM chip would have added a layer of security for consumers, first responders and other stakeholders interested in the timely distribution of emergency response data.  [click to continue…]

WASHINGTON, DC 7/15/15 — The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) today will announce the adoption of the Santana Resolution, in honor of Feidin Santana, encouraging MMTC members to become proficient in using mobile video to document public events, including voter protection and encounters with law enforcement. MMTC President Emeritus David Honig will be presenting the Resolution tonight at MMTC’s Social Justice Connection Reception, where he will also present Feidin Santana, videographer of the Walter Scott shooting in Charleston, SC, with our Extraordinary Service Award.

The full text of the resolution is below.

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On July 16th, from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm, MMTC presents its closing Access to Capital Awards Reception, where MMTC will present its highest awards to those who have made exceptional contributions to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries.

DON’T MISS IT! ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY AT 6:00PM!

Hall of Fame Inductees include:

Rodney Sampson, a social innovator, angel investor, published author, and consecrated bishop. A serial entrepreneur, Sampson created Opportunity Ecosystem, the nation’s leading platform for minorities and under-served communities to master the investment ecosystem.  He co-founded the Legacy Opportunity Fund portfolio of companies, with investments in technology, energy, consumer products, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also the author and creator of the “Kingonomics,” the definitive access to capital platform providing access to expert knowledge and expert practitioners in innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. In addition to his induction into our Hall of Fame, Sampson will be delivering keynote remarks during our Access to Capital Awards Luncheon on at 12:30 July 16th!

Debra Martin Chase, an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning television and motion picture producer whose company, Martin Chase Productions, has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company since 2001 and been based at the ABC Television Network since 2012. Martin Chase has spent years working toward diversity and inclusion in film and television, influencing perceptions of minorities and women through her work.  She has served as an executive producer for numerous blockbuster movie franchises, films, and documentaries including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Cheetah Girls, The Princess Diaries, The Preacher’s Wife, Courage Under Fire, and Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.  Her new romantic sitcom, Zoe Ever After, starring Brandy Norwood, is scheduled to begin airing early next year. Prior to receiving her award, Martin Chase will engage in a one-on-one interview with MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan during “A Conversation with a Media Mogul: Accessing Capital and Reversing Stereotypes of People of Color” at 5:45 pm.  [click to continue…]

On July 16th, from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm, MMTC presents “A Conversation with a Media Mogul: Accessing Capital and Reversing Stereotypes of People of Color.”

MMTC’s dynamic President and CEO Kim Keenan goes one-on-one with entertainment industry icon Debra Martin Chase, a former lawyer who broke the Hollywood glass ceiling to become the first African American female producer to land a production deal with a major television and film studio – the ABC/Disney film and television companies.

Martin Chase is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning television and motion picture producer whose company, Martin Chase Productions, has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company since 2001 and been based at the ABC Television Network since 2012.  Much of her work has focused upon women, tweens, dance and music.

Martin Chase has spent years working toward diversity and inclusion in film and television, influencing perceptions of minorities and women through her work.  She has served as an executive producer for numerous blockbuster movie franchises, films, and documentaries including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Cheetah Girls, The Princess Diaries, The Preacher’s Wife, Courage Under Fire, and Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.  Her new romantic sitcom, Zoe Ever After, starring Brandy Norwood, is scheduled to begin airing early next year.

Immediately following the interview, MMTC will induct Martin Chase into its Hall of Fame during the Access to Capital Awards Reception from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm.


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On July 16th, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm, leading media executives will discuss how content is identified, financed, and ultimately distributed on screen and over the Web during the panel “When Creativity Meets Capital: How to Produce and Distribute Your Creative Content for On-Screen and Digital Platforms” at MMTC’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference.  The panelists will also focus on how creators and entrepreneurs can monetize their content through a discussion on how on-screen and digital platforms are valued and the challenges associated with financing online properties.

 


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On July 16th, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, industry experts will discuss challenges and opportunities tech entrepreneurs face outside of Silicon Valley in today’s digital economy during the panel “Investing Locally, Empowering Globally: The Tech Landscape Beyond the Valley” at MMTC’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference. Panelists will also highlight technology policy issues that impact start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The panel will begin with opening remarks by Larry Irving, former Administrator of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, appointed by President Bill Clinton.  As a senior advisor to the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Commerce, Irving was a principal architect of the Clinton Administration’s telecommunications, Internet, and E-Commerce policies and initiatives.  Currently, Irving heads Irving Strategies, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and market development services to international telecommunications and information technology companies.  He is also the Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance.


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On July 16th, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will discuss the process of accessing capital and building a business, from early-stage institutional investment rounds to the late-stage process of going public during the panel “Money and Techonomics: Financing the Capital Pipeline from Angels to IPOs” at MMTC’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference.

The entrepreneurs on the panel will discuss the challenges and successes they faced when raising capital for their businesses, where the big money is ($1 million deals and greater), and the steps they took in the funding process. The investors on the panel will focus on the qualities venture capitalists are looking for when making investment decisions and ways entrepreneurs of color can make themselves more attractive during the fundraising process.


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On July 15th, from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm, MMTC will hold its “Social Justice Connection Reception and Book Signing” at the close of Day 1 of the 13th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference.

In light of the social injustices and civil unrest that have torn the nation apart in recent months – including the slayings of unarmed black males, the murders of nine innocent worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, and public hatred and vitriol increasingly voiced against Mexican immigrant populations – MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenen and other civil rights leaders and guests will tackle these issues with poignant remarks addressing the state of our nation and what we can do as communities and civil rights organizations to heal.

MMTC President Emeritus David Honig will present a special Extraordinary Service Award to Feidin Santana, the hero who caught on camera and came forward with the evidence of the murder of Walter Scott at the hands of a law enforcement officer.  Santana will be joined by his attorney, Hon. James Todd Rutherford, Minority Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives.  Rep. Rutherford led the campaign to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol, finally succeeding when the flag was removed on Friday, July 10th.

Attorney, entrepreneur, and author Eric Broyles will also deliver remarks and hold a signing for his book, “Encounters with the Police: A Black Man’s Guide to Survival.”
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On July 16th, from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm, leaders in government and finance will discuss opportunities for technology investment and the role of MWBEs in bridging the wealth gap during the “Access to Capital Awards Luncheon: Bridging the Wealth Gap through Technology Investment” at MMTC’s 13th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference.

A keynote address will be delivered by Rodney Sampson, driven serial entrepreneur, managing partner of the Legacy Opportunity Fund, and author of “Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Busines and Your Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

MMTC will also present its highest awards to those who have made exceptional contributions to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries, including the Corporate Diversity Leadership Award to the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, accepted by NCTA President and CEO and Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell; and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Asian American Broadcasting Co-Founders Kongsue and Xeng Xiong.

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